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WCNY’s ‘Insight’ explores school district merger in Herkimer County

This week’s episode of WCNY-TV’s “Insight” will focus on Herkimer County and explore the controversial plan to consolidate the Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk school districts into one central school system.

“Insight,” WCNY’s weekly public affairs program, airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on WCNY channel 24.1. It repeats Sundays at noon on 24.1 and Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY channel 24.3.

The May 4 episode will explain how hard-hit budgets and dwindling resources are forcing the Herkimer County school districts to make difficult decisions. The proposal to merge the districts has sparked a heated debate and pitted emotional ties and school pride against economic realities and practical solutions. Two of the biggest hurdles – transportation and athletics – will be explored during the show.

The May 4 “Insight” will feature interviews with the superintendents from each district: Gary Tutty from Herkimer Central, Cosimo Tangorra Jr. from Ilion Central, and Joyce Caputo from Mohawk Area.

Others guests include Dale Miller, a concerned parent who’s involved in the Citizens Advisory Committee that’s studying the proposal, and Dr. William Silky, the Director of Educational Leadership at Le Moyne College in Syracuse who consults schools during mergers.

To learn more about “Insight,” visit  our Insight page.

“Insight’’ is part of public affairs programming blocks on Fridays and Sundays on WCNY 24.1.

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